Start-up Visa

Are you a foreign entrepreneur looking to bring your business to Canada?

Canada’s Start-up Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada, which will support innovation and job-creation.

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa under this stream, entrepreneurs must be accepted into a program offered by a designated Canadian business incubator.

The business incubation program application process is highly competitive. The focus is on quality, and not quantity. Prospective applicants must be ready to provide detailed information regarding the potential viability of their business venture, including business plans, financial documents, founder biographies and other relevant information as required by the designated business incubator’s application process.

Applicants under the Start-up Visa Program may apply either as a single entrepreneur, or as an entrepreneurial team of up to five members.

Each applicant must be an active member of the venture team with at least 10% of the voting rights to qualify. The combination of the applicant and the designated incubator must also hold at least 50% of the voting rights in the proposed venture to qualify. As a first step, register with TBDC under the SUV Program.

Please note there are no TBDC representatives outside Canada. To apply for the Start-Up Visa Incubation Program, you must submit the official application posted below.

TBDC is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the SUV Program.